As you can see in the above illustration, a wire has the same amount of drag
as a standard airfoil shape that is ten times the size of the wire. Adding an aerodynamic sleeve to a standard
round mast can lower the mast drag by 75%.
Eliminating wires, stays, and spreaders and covering the mast with an
aerodynamic sleeve is just not a practical option with the traditional rig. The innovative design of the Hoyt Offset
Rig allows the mast to be easily sleeved since the sail is not attached to the mast and the short, unstayed carbon fiber
mast also eliminates many of the wires and spreaders.
Drag bleeds energy and power from the rig and you go slower. While we may
not all race to the next mark, getting to that safe anchorage before the blow or navigating the channel while it's still
light is very important.
Rigging drag also allows the wind to push your boat around while at anchor or while docked.
We've all experienced a restless night in a boat that "worked" around its mooring. And, of course,
there's that annoying rigging hum and creaking.
Drag can be Dangerous! In a severe wind
with all sails furled, the windage in the rigging alone can cause knockdowns and uncontrollable speed. At anchor or
at the dock, the windage creates forces that strain the docking lines and ground tackle. It creates significant loads
on the rigging as well. These loads coupled with the enormous number of fittings and rigging parts on the modern rig
(the failure of any one of which is catastrophic) create a potentially lethal situation.